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The Raveonettes Biography

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Birth Place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Years Active: 2001–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Shoegaze, Surf Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Garage Rock

The Raveonettes are a Danish indie rock duo, consisting of Sune Rose Wagner on guitar and vocals, and Sharin Foo on bass, guitar and vocals. Their songs juxtapose the structural and chord simplicity of '50s and '60s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats, and often dark lyrical content.

The duo met in Copenhagen and recorded and released their debut EP, “Whip It On,” in 2002. Every song on the album was in the key of B-flat minor. Guitarist Manoj Ramdas and jazz drummer Jakob Hoyer were added during the recording.

Their first full length album, “Chain Gang of Love” was released in 2003 by Sony Records and was co-produced by Richard Gottehrer and Wagner. All of the songs, but two, are under three minutes long and are written in the key of B flat major, a concept similar to their previous record, “Whip It On,” whose tracks had a similar length and were written in the key of B flat minor. The album peaked at #123 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and at #43 on the U.K. Albums chart.

Their second full-length album, “Pretty in Black” followed in 2005. The album included guest appearances by Velvet Underground’s Maureen Tucker, Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes and Suicide’s Martin Rev. The album peaked at #152 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The single, “Love in a Trashcan” peaked at #8 on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs chart.

This was their first album in which Foo did not play bass. Instead, bass player Anders Christensen, who had toured with seminal jazz drummer Paul Motian, amongst others, was enlisted. Christensen recorded on the album and toured with the band. At the end of the 2005 tour, Ramdas left the band to concentrate on his new band SPEKTR.

“Lust Lust Lust,” their third album, was released in 2007 in the U.K. and 2008 in the U.S. The album is the band's most minimalistic and synthetic to date and was recorded completely by Foo and Wagner with no studio musicians. The Raveonettes used drum machines instead of real drums and recorded most bass and non-guitar sounds with keyboards. The album reached #108 on the Billboard 200 and #13 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.

Their fourth album, “In and Out of Control” was released in 2009. The album was co-written and produced by Thomas Troelsen. The album peaked at #18 on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and #126 on the Billboard 200.

“Raven in the Grave,” their fifth album, was released in 2011 and entered the Billboard 200 at #126, while also reaching #17 on the Alternative Albums, #24 on the Independent Albums and #26 on the Rock Albums charts.